Earlier today Jim Mattis, Trump’s Defense Secretary, rejected ideas that Trump ordered troops to secure our borders is a “stunt”. It is expected five thousand US troops will take part in this rare, large scale military deployment in the United States. Jim Mattis told reports “We don’t do stunts in this department”.
Jim Mattis added that the deployed troops will be there for support roles. In the past troop deployments to the border have been smaller and they had a much smaller role. Before in the past troops had played a very small roll (including cleaning up horse stalls) but in thsi case they will have a much bigger role to play, including flying helicopters. The troops are being sent due to a request from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The military deployment is happening because of large caravan of illegal immigrants, which seem to include MS13 members and children with smallpox. The large military deployment will last six months, and may cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
President Trump has publicly stated that members of the caravan will not be permitted to enter the United States. Trump has also stated he will build tend cities to house asylum seekers.
“We’re going to have tents, they’re going to be very nice and they’re going to wait and if they don’t get asylum, they get out,” the president said.
The military troops deployed will including upto six thousand troops, and will assist Border Patrol, ICE, and local enforcement at the border.
Federal law does not allow US military troops from acting as a police force in the United States. This is why troops sent to the border in the past have played such a limited role. Instead, troops will be providing helicopter support for border missions, installing concrete barriers and repairing and maintaining vehicles. They will not be allowed to arrest or detain people.